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Jakarta Post

Thorough investigation sought into corruption-tainted regent candidates in Jambi

  • Jon Afrizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jambi   /   Thu, February 2, 2017   /  11:07 am
Thorough investigation sought into corruption-tainted regent candidates in Jambi Gearing up -- Four Muaro Jambi regent and deputy regent candidate pairs, namely Abun Yani and Suharyanto (left), Agustian Mahir and Suswiyanto (second left), Masnah and Bambang Bayu Suseno (second right) and Ivan Wirata and Dodi Sularso (right), attend a candidates debate in Muaro Jambi on Jan. 16. (Antara/Wahdi Septiawan)

Anti-corruption activists have called on authorities to carry out a complete investigation into corruption allegations implicating two candidates for regent in Jambi.

The coordinator of the Jambi chapter of the Corruption Eradication National Movement (GNPK), Yuniyanto Arif, said the cases of alleged graft implicating Sarolangun incumbent candidate Cek Endra and Muarojambi candidate Ivan Wirata, a former head of the Jambi Public Works Agency, must get serious attention from all anti-corruption agencies in the province.

GNPK Jambi activists wanted law enforcers, both police and personnel from the prosecutors’ office, to completely investigate these cases, he said.

“Investigation into the Jambi Public Works Agency must be conducted not only on low-ranking officials but up to the agency’s head, namely Ivan Wirata,” said Yuniyanto on Wednesday.

The GNPK Jambi recently reported graft allegations involving both regent candidates to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Attorney General’s Office (AGO).

Cek Endra was reported over alleged corruption related to the disbursement of Rp 36 billion (US$2.69 million) worth of Sarolangun regional infrastructure development acceleration funds for the 2011 fiscal year. He was also accused of having been involved in the improper use of K2 contract worker funds worth Rp 42 billion.

Meanwhile, Ivan was reported over alleged corruption related to the construction of the 5-kilometer-long Suak Kandis-Simpang village highway worth Rp 2.4 billion in 2012.

“We appreciate the Jambi Prosecutors’ Office [Kejati], which has detained four suspects in this case, but we want the police and the prosecutors’ office to also investigate Ivan, because he was the agency’s head when the case occurred. We suspect his involvement,” said Yuniyanto. (ebf)

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